10 Awesome Things to do in Murfreesboro

Batey Farms Murfreesboro Tennesee

This weekend my wife and I were going to stay home and rest. We have going pretty non-stop over the past few weeks and thought we should just take it easy.  That didn’t happen.  Instead we spent most of the weekend exploring in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  There are a lot of things to get into in, but here is my list of 10 awesome things to do in Murfreesboro.

 

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10 Awsome Things to do in Murfreesboro

 

 

Discovery Center at Murfree Springs

 

The Discovery Center is a science museum located in Murfreesboro.  The center features permanent exhibits like a scale model train depot, a vintage 1954 fire truck, a huge indoor slide, and Water Works!  There are also traveling exhibits that visit the Center such as Dinosaurs: The Land of Fire and Ice.

They have events for adults at the museum as well. In March 2016 they hosted the 3rd annual Wine at the Wetlands.  This event featured wines, whiskies, and local foods. In September 2016 they will be hosting Full Moonshine Mixology.  This event will explore the science behind distillation and the chemistry involved in drinks. The facility is available for birthday and other private rentals and is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.

Be sure to take a walk outside during your visit.  The Discovery Center is located right next to the Murfree Springs Wetlands. This 25 acre city park has a walking trail and board walks where you can see lots of wildlife!

 

Cannonsburgh Village

 

Cannonsburgh Village is a reconstruction of a 1830’s – 1930’s southern village.  It features around 20 historic buildings such as a gristmill, blacksmith shop, and a school house.  Cannonsburgh was the original name for Murfreesboro and this village provides a look into the early days of this now thriving city.

Since 1989, the village has hosted Uncle Dave Macon Days.  This bluegrass festival hosts amazing artists each year.  In 2016, the festival (unofficially as of now) set the world record for the most people square dancing at one time!

You can take a free self-guided tour, or for a small fee you can have a guided tour.  The grounds are available for private rental. There is a visitor center with gifts, drinks and snacks available for purchase.  Be sure to see the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket while you are there!

 


Greenway System

 

Between the Stones River Trail and the Lytle Creek Trail, Murfreesboro has over 12 miles of greenway.  The Murfreesboro Greenway System has 11 trail heads and runs from Thompson lane all the way to Barfield Crescent Park along the Stones River.  This trail is perfect for walking, jogging, or biking. The trails also have canoe access to the river at some of the trail heads!

The Greenway System  hosts occasional community events.From basics of biking classes to art festivals, there are a lot of things that will keep you busy!

 

 

Stones River National Battleground

 

In 1862, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War occurred in Murfreesboro.  Stones River National Battlefield  was set aside to memorialize this pivotal battle and the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives here. The park is home to a National Cemetery where over 6000 soldiers have been laid to rest. The park is over 500 acres and houses a museum, hosts events, and has hiking and biking trails.  This park has something for everyone from the history buff, to the outdoors enthusiast.

Murfreesboro Tennessee STones River National Battlefield

Barfield Crescent Park

 

Barfield Crescent Park is an amazing community park located in south Murfreesboro.  At 430 acres, this city park has just about everything you can think of. It features over 7 miles of paved and unpaved trails for hiking, 18 hole championship disc golf course, picnic shelters for just about any sized group, baseball and softball complex, and camp sites.  The hiking trail takes you by the Stones River, along a rocky path, and back around to the wilderness station.  This is one of my favorite parks in the area.

 

Oaklands Mansion

 

Oaklands Mansion was built in 1815 and added on to until the civil war. It started on 274 acres and grew to a 1500 acre plantation.  The abolition of slavery caused financial hardship for the owners of the plantation and eventually led to the selling of the land and ultimately the entire estate. The home remained occupied until the 1950’s when it was left vacant.  Restoration of the home began in 1959 and the museum opened to the public in 1962.

Today Oaklands sees thousands of visitors each year.  The vistor center is based on a 19th century carriage house and is home to special events and a gift shop featuring local artists and authors.  Along with regular guided tours, the museum occasionally hosts special events like Oktoberfest, Flashlight Night, and an Annual Christmas Gala.  This place is definitely worth the visit.

Oaklands Mansion Murfreesboro Tennessee

 

 

 

The Green Dragon

 

One of my personal favorite things to do in Murfreesboro is visit the Green Dragon.  This literary themed family pub serves great soups and sandwiches as well as craft beer. There is nothing typical about this bar.  Designed to honor the works of J.R.R. Tolkein makes this unique pub a must visit. Middle Earth dress is welcome and encouraged, and children are have their own hobbit bar.

The pub is more than just a gimmick though.  The food is excellent.  They have 16 taps that are constantly rotating the finest craft beers. Stop in and have a drink!

 

Five Senses

 

Five Senses Restaurant and Bar is one of my favorite places to eat. It brings a fresh, healthy, and local approach to Murfreesboro dining. Offering the highest quality food and drinks, Five Senses evolved from the thought that cooking was the only art that requires the use of all five senses. We offer only the highest quality of food, drink and service. Five Senses also provides catering services for everything from small dinners to large parties. They serve fresh seafood, local meats and produce and seasonal menus. The dinner, cocktail and wine menus change four times a year. They get many of their ingredients from local farms too!

Batey Farms

 

Batey Farms Things to do in Murfreesboro

Batey Farms is located in northwest Murfreesboro.  It is an 8th generation family owned and operated hog, row crop, and hay farm. Producing food for Murfreesboro and beyond since 1807, Batey Farms has grown into a community staple. Along with locally raised meat, you can get homemade ice cream in their retail store, pick fresh berries, visit their sunflower fields, or check out their corn maze and pumpkins all depending on what is in season.

 

Flashback Arcade

 

Another of my favorite things to do in Murfreesboro is visit Flashback Arcade.  This arcade has over 70 arcade games that range from the 1970’s to the 2000’s.  A family friendly entertainment environment that is affordable, yes please!  10$ per person allows you to play as much as you want.  Thursdays is $8 per person for college students with college ID.

 

Bonus Things to do in Murfreesboro!

 

Go USA Fun Park – Go Carts and Mini Golf
Slick Pig – BBQ, Delicious BBQ
Tempt – Night Club
Boro Bar and Grill – Bar and Grill with Live Music
Liquid Smoke – Beer, Cigars, and Hookah
MTSU Sports – College Athletics
Toots – Wings and Such
MOAB – Bicycle Shop
Enchanted Planet – Hippie Stuff
Jump Street– Indoor Trampoline Madness

 

There are so many things to do in Murfreesboro, it is hard to narrow the list down.  What did we miss?  Tell us in the comments.  Consider subscribing to our blog so you don’t miss any new posts!

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31 Comment

  1. If I ever go Murfreesboro, I am glad I know exactly what to do!

  2. It sounds like there’s some fantastic things to get up to in Murfreesboro, I’d love to explore them myself.

    1. It’s a great little city! There is plenty to keep you busy, but it is just minutes from the country.

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit Tennessee! This is a great guide post.

  4. Sounds like great place. These are awesome things to do in Murfreesboro. Thanks for the great guide.

  5. I love to visit a place with lots of outdoor activities! Maybe we’ll do a little detour on our next trip to Nashville! (I’m in the Cumberland Gap area!)

    1. It’s just a short drive South from I-40. 🙂

  6. What a great guide. Thanks for the tips!

  7. I would love to visit Batey Farms; especially for that homemade ice cream, YUM!

  8. Love Tennessee- our best friends live in Nolensville.

  9. I love reading travel/tourism blogs. They are so informative and fun. My list of place-I-must-visit is growing. The Green Dragon sounds great. Would love to visit as a Hobbit lol.

  10. Thanks for all the tips! I’ve never been, but I’d love to check out the literary pub and see those beautiful sun flowers!

  11. Really interesting adventure. I’ve never been to Tennessee but it seems like a place to have multiple adventures. Great post

  12. I have to say, the gorgeous sunflowers made me click on this article because I had never heard of Murfreesboro before. But what a cool little town this seems to be. I am in love with the Oaklands Mansion. It looks stunning at night!

  13. Lots of great things to see and do here, and what a rich cultural history this place seems to have to go with all the modern attractions. Those sunflowers are very striking too!

  14. An unknown town to me before this post! Thanks for sharing the things to do in a lesser known town compared to its popular Nashville neighbor!

  15. I never heard of this town. It sounds like there is lots to do there! Seems like a great place To visit.

  16. I’ve never actually been to Tennessee but I’ve heard of the Oaklands Mansion! It’s definitely a place I’ve been wanting to check out! Love all of the places you suggested.
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  17. I’ve never heard of Murfreesboro before I red the article. Now I know how much it can offer to its visitors. You won me with those sunflowers 🙂

  18. Wow there is so much outdoors space and huge parks there. I’d probably end up at the mansion though!!

  19. this place has lot of things which can make my day…such a great and lovely place..those flowers are so beautiful…

  20. Take me to these beautiful sunflowers, and I don’t need anything else 🙂 I have a soft spot for these flowers since childhood 🙂 thanks for sharing an informative post.

  21. So much history in Murfreesboro, thanks so much for shedding some light. This looks like a great place to spend a day or 2

  22. I’ve only ever driven through here but I remember thinking it was worth a stop. Its awfully close to Nashville. It would make a super day trip!

  23. I did not know there was so much history to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Nor did I know a Civil War occurred in Murfreesboro. Stones River National Battleground would be interesting to visit. As well, the Batey sunflower fields look stunning from your photo! A must see for me.

  24. Looks like a super cute place to visit. how long would you recommend someone staying there if they were to visit

    1. You could spend a great weekend trip there, or you could stay even longer. With Nashville less than an hour a way, you would be in no danger of running out of things to do if you wanted to take a n extended trip here 🙂

  25. The Oaklands mansion looks really cool! I would love to visit there! We haven’t been to TN yet, but we plan on making our way there one day! We will keep these suggestions in mind.

  26. So much to do in Murfreesboro! I’d love to visit the Green Dragon, I’m a huge J.R.R. Tokien fan so I’m sure I’d enjoy it!

  27. Barcadium in downtown/the square is super fun too! It’s like Flashback with a bar! And on Saturday’s from noon to 6pm, it’s open to all ages for only $7 (all you can play). Hattie Jane’s Ice cream shop in downtown has ice cream tacos and tasty treats, oh and Jack Browns Burger Joint is a fun place for an off the wall burger (the Greg Brady is my fav!) and lots of beers to choose from! Our Farmers Market in the square have amazing produce and flowers too! (Saturday mornings in the summer)

    1. Sounds like I need to get back to the Boro for another awesome weekend!

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